Neighbor Joe Thomas has been attending the meetings hosted by the City Rec and Park Department on plans to renovate the trail network on Bernal Hill, and he’s been visualizing how the changes might look.
San Francisco Rec & Parks has posted notes from the last community meeting about trail restoration on Bernal Hill. Of particular interest is the presentation with a map (on page 41) of their “Concept Plan” for the trails. Several neighbors at the meeting remarked that it was difficult to visualize the lines on the map as actual trails, and one neighbor suggested that the proposed changes be marked in chalk on the hill so that folks could see them in context before the next (and last scheduled) community meeting on April 4.
I’d like to see and walk those chalked-in trails, myself. Until that happens, though, I thought I’d try to drape the flat trail maps onto Google Earth’s terrain model. (KML file, requires Google Earth.)
Fantastic work, Joe!
Rec and Park has also posted notes from their Q&A session (pdf) about the proposal, and they’re worth a look. Overall, the goal of the scheme is to minimize erosion and wear on the hill by consolidating the current network of paths into fewer, higher-density routes.
All that makes sense, though I wonder if we might also lose something along the way: That blessed sense of solitude that is now so easy to attain, even on days when Bernal Hill is teeming with visitors.
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